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Date:      Tue, 6 Feb 1996 18:09:33 +0000 ()
From:      francis yeung <>
Subject:   Re: Can FreeBSD be used in a commercial way?
Message-ID:  <>
In-Reply-To: <> from "Ian H. Stewart" at Feb 6, 96 02:29:31 pm

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	SunOS 4.x and Mips were both based on public domain BSD sources.
	I believe that HP uses the same code base. 
	Only SVR4 (original AT&T) version need licenses. That is why
	Sun paid $85M to Novell.

	BSDI did the same thing. Did BSDI ever give FreeBSD anything
	in return ?

	There are companies selling Linux with their own enhancements
	and call it different name.

	The key is the support issue. Quite a few router companies's
	networking code was based on BSD too. 

	Beside BSDI, is there anyone out there providing the similiar
	thing ?


> >How do you define "complete OS" such that FreeBSD doesn't already meet 
> >the definition?
> >
> >Dave Walton
> I agree that it is a complete OS. I want to use it as a foundation  
> for a better
> OS. It depends on what you consider complete for the market you
> are targeting.
> I simply want to add value (in software & service) and then
> be able to sell it under my label.
> As an example, Sun Solaris and HP-UX are system V based
> I believe, but they don't sell it as Sun System V or HP System V.
> Each vendor has it's own names and features. That is all I am  
> saying / asking.
> Ian

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